I should say upfront that I'm a big fan of Lawrence Lessig's causes and his presentation techniques. My favorite might be his 2007 tour de force at TED about John Philips Sousa, Jesus singing "I Will Survive," and the joys and dangers of remix culture. A few days back he spoke at TEDxNYED about what conservatives can teach the free culture movement. I may be getting into trouble recommend a talk about conservatives here — some of the email I received last week suggests that a good percentage of the readers here might find a Kucinich-Sanders ticket to be hopelessly middle of the road — but this talk is classic Lessig, from its "I Was a Teenage Republican" opening to his real-time Wikipedia fix, to a reminder that Republican Walt Disney (the guy, not the company) was something of a remixer. There's plenty to argue about here and he presents in black and white some issues that are full of grays, but chances are you won't spend 20 minutes today with a smarter person. It's worth watching and thinking about even if, like me, you agree with only part of it.
Liberal Party Prime Minister Justin Trudeau surely regrets calling an early general election in Canada: his party slipped in the polls soon afterward and the expected easy ride got hairy fast. At one point it even looked like Erin O'Toole's Conservatives would win outright, though the latest polls project that the makeup of parliament will… READ THE REST
Angry conservatives are expected to gather to D.C. today for the first right-wing rally there since the Jan. 6 riot, during which the U.S. Capitol was sacked by a mob of Trump supporters trying to stop lawmakers blessing President Joe Biden's election victory. That day claimed several lives and led to more than 600 criminal… READ THE REST
Epik, an internet services company that's provided hosting and domain name services to right-wing sites such as Parler, Gab and the recently-infamous Texas abortion snitch site, was hacked this week and customer data leaked. In a press release on the hack, dubbed Operation EPIK FAIL, Anonymous claimed that it was able to obtain "a decade's… READ THE REST
What do hangnails, spoiled milk, and overbearing mother-in-laws all have in common? None of them are half as annoying as a failing Wi-Fi signal that cuts your online streaming session short right in the middle of an important scene. Nobody deserves weak Wi-Fi in their own home, whether you're listening to music, streaming content, or… READ THE REST
Before we had access to drones, aerial videography and photography were really left to the professionals, or at least those who could afford the right equipment. But with superior tools, like the Phantom DJI Drone, taking breathtaking shots is completely possible — as long as you know what you're doing, that is. Whether it's content… READ THE REST
If you love drawing and creating characters, today's world is your oyster. That's because animation skills are in high demand in a wide range of industries, including game development, web design, editing, entertainment, and so much more. If working in animation sounds like it could be up your alley but you don't have a portfolio… READ THE REST